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Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction

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This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction, examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how beliefs have changed over the centuries and be able to contrast the views of Descartes with more modern ideas.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss basic philosophical questions concerning the mind
  • understand problems concerning the mind and mental phenomena and discuss them in a philosophical way.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 27th January 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Philosophy
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Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction


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This course introduces some philosophical questions concerning the nature of the mind and mental phenomena, such as thoughts, perceptions and emotions. The course considers what is involved in having a mind, whether there are different kinds of minds, and whether there is some characteristic that is shared by all mental phenomena.

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